Padres Editorial: Grading the Padres Offseason Acquisitions So Far

December 12, 2015

Acquisition of Jose Pirela To kick off the 2015-2016 offseason, A.J. Preller swung a trade for infielder Jose Pirela from the New York Yankees, giving up minor league pitcher Ronald Herrera in the process. It is unclear where Pirela slots in with the Padres for next season, but he will most likely compete with fellow trade acquisition Carlos Asuaje for playing time as the Padres infield utility man. In just…

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Padres News: San Diego Padres Rule 5 Draft Recap

December 11, 2015

The final day of the 2015 Winter Meetings are here and the Rule 5 Draft has come and past. The Padres made several moves at this year’s draft that may have some interesting implications for next season. Before we get into who the Padres ended up with, it helps to understand all the rules and intricacies of the Rule 5 Draft. The Rule 5 Draft is structured as so: as…

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Padres News: Padres Interested in Bethancourt… What About Norris & Hedges?

December 10, 2015

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the San Diego Padres are kicking the tires on Christian Bethancourt. The ultra athletic catcher has been deemed expendable since the Braves signings of catchers A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers. Pierzynski and Flowers provide the perfect left/right combination for the Braves behind the plate. The Padres are currently stocked at the position with Derek Norris and Austin Hedges both returning from…

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Padres Rumors: Padres/Cubs Deal Might be Possible

December 10, 2015

The San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs have long been rumored to be communicating in a possible deal. The two have had discussions regarding the Padres need for a shortstop and the Cubs need for starting pitching. John Morosi of FOX Sports MLB tweeted late Wednesday night that the Cubs are in continued trade dialogue with multiple teams and the Padres are included. The report indicates the Cubs are infatuated…

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Padres Editorial: Stay Positive San Diego

December 9, 2015

I understand that the life of a San Diego Padres fan can be harsh. It is a life of promise and riddled by disappointment. Being a lifelong fan of this team for almost 40 years has been tough. My fondest memories are when this team has succeeded. Unfortunately those memories are few and far between. In recent weeks the negativity level on this fan base has reached a new high…

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Padres Editorial: Reaction & Insight to Gyorko/Jay Trade

December 8, 2015

Early on Tuesday morning for those of us on the West Coast, the San Diego Padres agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals to send second baseman Jedd Gyorko to the Cards in return for center fielder Jon Jay. The Padres also will send over $7 million to cover some of the remaining cost of the $33 million remaining on Gyorko’s deal. In sum, the Padres will save…

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Padres Special: This Day in Padres History (Three Trades & Big Signing)

December 8, 2015

The San Diego Padres history is very deep and on this day in history the team pulled off three separate trades and also made one of the biggest signings in teams history. 17 different players changed hands on this date in Padres history (December 8th). The first two trades are for the very old school fans out there and the last trade was a little controversial at the time. Any…

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Padres Editorial: 20 Years of Draft Misery has Improved Lately

December 7, 2015

There was a time when the San Diego Padres made some pretty wise selections with their first round selections. The team drafted Andy Benes, Kevin McReynolds, Andy Hawkins and Dave Winfield with their first picks and each were productive major leaguers. In recent memories the team has gotten better but there was a time when their selections were down right horrible. The Padres have had only two top 5 picks in…

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Padres Editorial: Padres Should Post A Bid on Kenta Maeda

December 7, 2015

As announced on Thursday, December 3rd, the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Central League will be posting their star pitcher Kenta Maeda for Major League Clubs to bid on. Maeda had initially requested for his club to post him as early as last week. With the success of Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka and other Asian born pitchers in mind, Maeda is sure to draw a lot of attention on the free…

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Padres Editorial: Why Denard Span Is a Great Free Agent Fit

December 6, 2015

On the eve of the Winter Meetings on Monday, the San Digo Padres still have quite a bit of work to do. Having already subtracted with trades of Craig Kimbrel, Joaquin Benoit and Yonder Alonso, it now appears that it is time for the Padres to start adding new pieces and filling positions of need. One of the biggest areas of need this offseason is in the outfield. With the…

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Padres Special: Three Important Padres Trades Happened on This Date

December 6, 2015

It is rare that three significant trades happen for a major league franchise on the same date, but December 6th goes down in San Diego Padres history for just that reason. A total of 13 players exchanged hands on this date as the Padres attempted to improve their team on three different occasions. The Padres made these trades in 1985, 1989 and 1996. Each trade was significant in shaping the teams…

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Padres Editorial: Will Platoon of Upton and Jankowski Work in Center?

December 5, 2015

One year after the experiment of Wil Myers in center field, the Padres seem poised to open the 2016 season with Melvin Upton Jr. and Travis Jankowski as their center fielders. Myers performed admirably but in the end lacked the experience and range to be an everyday player at a very vital position on the baseball diamond. The platoon of Jankowski and Upton is a risky idea to say the…

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